This is a very thought provoking subject. The story kept my interest, however it was slow... Some of the inane conversation between the two main characters...speaking in cryptic riddle banter back and forth to each other during extreme instances of life and death, was just ridiculous. The narrator, Dick Hill, started off some lines strong and would go down to an inaudible whisper. Turning the volume up did not help, as then parts of the lines crashed into your ears...however the recording itself was not very crisp. This is the first Dick Hill for me and I like his writing style...just not sure this was a good choice as his first for me to read.. I will be giving him another try, however.
I could not take anymore of this book! It went nowhere, had no plot to speak of, and was so monotonous I was afraid to listen to it while driving because it would put me to sleep! That, as it turned out, was it's only value to me... I could not finish it, and I really hate that! I only gave it as many stars as I did because I am sure that a great deal of research went into it.
This is not your typical "Cujo" or "Carrie" King novel. If you are looking for that ultra scary "it was a dark and stormy night" story, keep looking. Rather, if you are a fan of King's other works, his short stories which spawned things like "The Shawshank Redemption", and "Stand By Me", this is for you. It is a sweet, coming of age story set over one summer in 1973 in a small North Carolina coastal town, and specifically around a young man's experience working at a barely-making-it third tier amusement park. The climax to the mystery may have been a tad weak, but the story itself and Stephen King's beautiful writing make that secondary and somewhat unimportant to the story.
I was under the impression that this book was the last in a trilogy. Maybe the "Best Kept Secret" was that this book was not the end of the series. After audibly 'reading' it, I am now under the impression that it was nothing more than a segue into book four, which for some reason seemed much more important to Mr. Archer than book three. There was really no story at all to speak of in this. Although I consider Mr. Archer to be an exceptional writer, I felt this book to be below his usual quality and less than fulfilling. I just hope we don't have to wait too long for him to redeem himself in the next installment!
I am really surprised by the positive reviews for this audio book. Scott Brick's over-the-top dramatic lilt in his reading and delivery make this audio book so difficult to hear, that both my husband and I have completely given up on the story. Every sentence ends in an inaudible whisper. The story itself may be vaguely interesting, but it jumps around to the point that you wonder if you are listening to/reading a book relating to time travel...that is, if you can actually hear it. I really expected more from Brad Meltzer... Or maybe it's Scott Brick that ruined it... Anyway, a pretty bad combo. I hate not to finish a book, but I have gone far enough with this one and I can't take it anymore! A complete waste of a credit.
This is unlike other DeMille stories, but I really enjoyed it. The narrator does a great job, and the story, while somewhat "reaching" and a bit implausible at times, definitely keeps your attention. My husband and I usually travel between cities approximately 120 miles from each other, every week. He usually drives, and I usually doze off to whatever audiobook we are currently listening to. Not so with this one! The story does drag out quite a bit.... In fact taking longer to tell than if it were in real time. However, I was on the edge of my seat for most of it. Kind of a Namby-pamby ending, but it was probably the only way they could end this story. This book was made into a TV movie, and after hearing it, I believe I would like to see it.
The narrator of this book, Peter Larkin, was really outstanding. Unfortunately, great narration does not a good book make. No real storyline, and, at 11 hours long...10 of those hours completely unnecessary, and quite honestly, BORING! I feel like that I was robbed of 11 weeks, oops, I mean hours, of my life. Don't waste your time or money on this one...
Loved it so much my husband and I listened to this entire book in two marathon sittings! This is in the same league as "As The Crow Flies"! Can't wait for the next volume in the Clifton Chronicles!
This story is OK...about 1/3 too long, but typical Connelly in that respect. Not exactly a gripping, edge of your seat who done it but OK if you're trapped in the car for a long drive. My disappointment in this audiobook is the narrator...he "acted" each character as though they all had some kind of salivary condition which produced an over abundance of saliva that had to be swallowed in gulps before each character spoke. It was distracting and became a running joke between my husband and me while we were listening to this in the car!
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